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Assembly of leading experts opened the first day of the 10th St. Petersburg Technical Fair
The Assembly of leading experts of Russian enterprises started with the welcome speech by Igor Kirsanov, General Director of RESTEC Exhibition Company. He mentioned that despite its considerable age, St. Petersburg Technical Fair is still searching for new forms and content. Igor Kirsanov also indicated that the event plays its own unique role in the industry of St. Petersburg and the Russian North-West. He added that cooperation with the St. Petersburg Partneriat, which is held along with the PTFair at Lenexpo Fairgrounds, will bring a new wave of interregional development and facilitate business development.
Sergei Alekseev, the President of the Russian Union of Exhibitions and Fairs (RUEF) and the Vice-President of ExpoForum recalled that starting his business in organisation of industrial exhibitions in the 90s, he and his colleagues followed the motto ‘As long as the industry lives, Russia is alive’. Mr. Alekseev stressed that this motto is still up-to-date.
Igor Korovkin, Executive Director of the Association of Russian Automakers (OAR Nonprofit Partnership) emphasized machine building in his speech. He called St. Petersburg an automobile cluster, in other words, the main consumer of products showcased at the Fair. Mr. Korovkin added that the Russian automotive market is the second largest in Europe and ranked number 12 in Top-15 of automotive markets in the world.
Nikolai Fomenko, the famous showman and the Honoured Artist of Russia, the President of Marussia Motors, wished his colleagues good luck and progress to the automotive industry. “I wish we were not in the last car of the train but moved the market by ourselves, we should invent something to break the technological deadlock, focus on engineering instead of production stage,” said Mr. Fomenko.
Within the framework of the Assembly the Award Ceremony was held. Most exhibitors were awarded diplomas and honorable ribbons ‘for long-standing endeavor for cooperation’. Tatiana Arabadzhi, Director of Russian Automotive Market Research won the award ‘Spark plug. A woman in the automotive industry’. The award ‘Perpetuum Mobile’ was presented to Igor Korovkin, Executive Director of OAR Nonprofit Partnership and Alexander Pylaev, Editor-in-Chief of the Expert Union Magazine.